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(written from a Production point of view)
Melona colony

The Ranch as the Melona colony in "Silicon Avatar".

Silicon Avatar map

The map attached to the call sheet for "Silicon Avatar".

The Golden Oak Ranch, which is also known as the Disney Ranch, is a movie ranch owned by the The Walt Disney Company. The Ranch is located at 19802 Placerita Canyon Road, Santa Clarita Valley, Newhall, California, USA.

The today 827 acre large ranch was bought by Walt Disney in 1959. A well known and often seen filming location, the Golden Oak Ranch can be seen in television series such as 90210, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Dynasty, Dallas, General Hospital, Little House on the Prairie, Jericho, Bonanza, Murder She Wrote, Quantum Leap, MacGyver, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Big Valley, Beauty and the Beast, North & South, Have Gun - Will Travel, The Twilight Zone, Falcon Crest, Highway to Heaven, Zorro, Roots: The Next Generation, How the West Was Won, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The X-Files, Boston Legal, Ghost Whisperer, My Name is Earl, Bones, The Adventures of Spin and Marty, and The New Adventurs of Spin and Marty.

Film productions which used this location include the adventure Old Yeller (1957), the comedy The Parent Trap (1961), the comedy The Love Bug (1968), the western Death of a Gunfighter (1969), the science fiction film Back to the Future (1985), the television pilot Kung Fu: The Movie (1986), the musical comedy Cry-Baby (1990), the science fiction blockbuster Independence Day (1996), the thriller Fire Down Below (1997), the blockbuster Pearl Harbor (2001), the thriller Red Dragon (2002), the horror thriller The Garden (2006), and the Disney productions Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and its sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).

Star Trek

In 1967, the Omicron colony scenes were filmed there for TOS: "This Side of Paradise".

On Wednesday 7 August 1991 the production of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Silicon Avatar" filmed the surface scenes of the Melona colony at the Golden Oak Ranch. Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden, Susan Diol, and 25 background performers were directed by Cliff Bole with a set call at 7:00 a.m. Sunrise on this day was at 6:08 a.m. and sunset at 7:48 p.m. During the filming, the Directors Guild Educators Workshop visited the production. A map of the location was attached to the call sheet for this day.

In 1992, two scenes for "Emissary", the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, were filmed there. The scenes filmed there were Benjamin Sisko and Jake Sisko's holodeck fishing program and Sisko's picnic with Jennifer Sisko. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)

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